Here we go again! This year I drafted at a bar with the league. It was kind of stupid to sit there with our laptops and get progressively intoxicated... and probably didn't help my results...
Team Name: Schadenfreude (Currently in: N/A)
14 team, head-to-head, mixed league.
8 team playoffs (1st place pay-out = $500)
Hitters stats counted: R HR RBI SB TB AVG OBP
Pitchers stats counted: W CG SV K HLD ERA WHIP
C: Miguel Montero (ARI) - drafted (12th Rd pick - 167th overall) (Y! ADP - 172.4) - This year I find myself consistently ending up with Montero in all my leagues.
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (SD) - drafted (2nd Rd pick - 27th overall) (Y! ADP - 24.9) - Should've actually taken Zimmerman, then got Gonzo 2 picks later... I don't think the guy I was drafting around would've taken another 1B, since he had Pujols, with his next two picks - and ended up taking Zimma from me. Regardless I didn't want to risk it, and would rather have Gonzo than Zimmerman.
2B: Brandon Phillips (CIN) - drafted (3rd Rd pick - 30th overall) (Y! ADP - 43.6) - Reach? Yes, maybe a Round too early, but only Brian Roberts made it back around to me, I'd rather have Phillips.
3B: Chone Figgins (SEA) - drafted (5th Rd pick - 58th overall) (Y! ADP - 70.0) - Hoping Gonzalez/Phillips/Ramirez provide enough power to counter Figgins... Per Grey's instructions.
SS: Hanley Ramirez (FLA) - drafted (1st Rd pick - 2nd overall) (Y! ADP - 2.4) - I had the 2nd pick of the draft, really not much else to do.
OF: B.J. Upton (TB) - drafted (4th Rd pick - 55th overall) (Y! ADP - 52.6) - Funny that I end up with him again, granted a round later than last year. Here's hoping I get what I expected last year.
OF: Carlos Quentin (CWS) - drafted (10th Rd pick - 139th overall) (Y! ADP - 177.9) - Steal of the draft? Could be...
OF: Garrett Jones (PIT) - drafted (14th Rd pick - 195th overall) (Y! ADP - 222.5) - Even if he doesn't "grow". Having the same impact as last year, over a full season, won't hurt... Could alway pick Corey Hart back up.
UTIL: Hideki Matsui (LAA) - drafted (18th Rd pick - 251st overall) (Y! ADP - 231.3) - Full time DH on the Angels? Don't mind if I do.
SP: [SP] Cole Hamels (PHI) - drafted (6th Rd pick - 83rd overall) (Y! ADP - 91.2) - Best available after I had my line-up locked up where I wanted it.
SP: [SP] Ricky Nolasco (FLA) - drafted (7th Rd pick - 86th overall) (Y! ADP - 99.9) - Same as Hamels.
RP: [CL] Carlos Marmol (CHC) - drafted (11th Rd pick - 142nd overall) (Y! ADP - 122.1) - Worried about him.
RP: [CL] David Aardsma (SEA) - drafted (13th Rd pick - 170th overall) (Y! ADP - 195.6) - Take your closers late, kids.
P: [RP] Takashi Saito (ATL) - drafted (20th Rd pick - 279th overall) (Y! ADP - 265.4) - Holds/CL experience.
P: [RP] Jason Motte (STL) - drafted (21st Rd pick - 282nd overall) (Y! ADP - N/A) - Holds/CL in waiting? Maybe...
P: [RP] Nick Masset (CIN) - pick-up (free agency) (Y! ADP - N/A) - dropped Corey Hart (17th Rd) already... really didn't need him, don't drink and draft.
BN: [SP] Jered Weaver (LAA) - drafted (8th Rd pick - 111th overall) (Y! ADP - 114.8) - Best available.
BN: [SP] Scott Baker (MIN) - drafted (9th Rd pick - 114th overall) (Y! ADP - 106.6) - Best available.
BN: [SP] Ervin Santana (LAA) - drafted (16th Rd pick - 223rd overall) (Y! ADP - 223.2) - Best available.
BN: [SP] Stephen Strasburg (WAS) - drafted (15th Rd pick - 198th overall) (Y! ADP - 178.7) - Don't drink and draft.
BN: [SP] Aroldis Chapman (CIN) - drafted (19th Rd pick - 254th overall) (Y! ADP - 214.3) - If he starts in the bullpen, I'll drop one of my RPs, move him into that slot, pick up another P. If in A-ball, gonna have to bear with it. Don't drink and draft.
Alright, so what's the problem here. The problem is that I drank the kool-aid and bought into Strasburg and Chapman... who likely won't be useful until a month or two into the season - and then god only knows just how useful they'll be. I was a little drunk, and in our league pitchers were just flying off the board, my reasoning (at the time) was to take the two upside guys. Judging the success of Hanson/Billingsley/Kershaw/Scherzer/Price from previous couple of years... The only problem is that I have to wait for their services and that wait might kill me in the standings... We'll see. But I won't be surprised if I drop them the first week for a couple of guys I'm watching, after a couple of quality starts, namely: Rowland-Smith, Kawakami, Maine, Chris Young, Millwood, Marcum, Duke, Romero, Westbrook, Colby Lewis, Gio Gonzalez, & Fausto Carmona.
I'll update regularly as we proceed. Holla back!
EDIT: Chone's move to 2B gives me some flexibility, and a possible trade card... I'll see how it all works out. But if I see someone struggling and I want and believe in, I could see myself making some moves.
I agree with your assessment. I think you're gonna have to trade Upton or Figgins. Two guys that will get you 40+ steals and under 15 homers is too much steals/little power, but they are good on OBP, so I'd probably let the first couple of weeks play out to see how you do. Looks like a real solid pitching staff. I agree that you might need to drop one or both of the last two to battle for counting stats week-to-week.